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Want to Get Rid of Your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

by in Health Tips April 3, 2023

With more and more of us spending practically the entire day on the computer keyboard, carpal tunnel syndrome is becoming more and more of a problem. Wouldn’t a natural, topical solution be amazing? Apply this!
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition caused by a compression of the nerve in the wrist as a result of repetitive work with the hands. The nerve compression causes pain when gripping, weakness, numbing, burning and tingling in the palm and fingers. The pain may extend all the way up the arm to the shoulder.
An inexpensive, natural topical treatment may provide a safe and effective answer.
A double-blind study gave 77 people with mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome either a placebo with their wrist splint or topical chamomile oil with their wrist splint. 5 drops were applied each morning and evening. At the end of the 4 week study, muscle strength, functionality and symptom severity scores were all significantly improved in the chamomile group compared to the placebo group (Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2017 Feb;26:61-67).
And what about when the pain exceeds mild to moderate? A second double-blind study tried the same treatment on 26 people with severe carpal tunnel syndrome. They wore a night splint and applied a topical placebo or topical chamomile oil twice a day for 4 weeks. Once again, there was significant greater improvement in symptom and function status in the chamomile group (Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2015 Nov;21(4):223-8).
Chamomile has traditionally been used as a painkiller, and it has been used topically for joint pain. These two studies add carpal tunnel syndrome to its topical benefits. In these studies, chamomile was made into a tea and blended with sesame oil to produce a chamomile oil containing 1% chamomile essential oil. It is possible that the sesame seed oil contributed to the benefit.